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Chris Coleman insists Euro 2016 quarter-final not the limit for Wales

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:34
• ‘The pressure’s on us to keep performing, and that’s what we want to do’
• Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen ruled out of tournament with ankle injury

Chris Coleman wants his Wales players to stay hungry and try to advance in Friday’s quarter-final against Belgium, rather than merely being satisfied with being the last home nation still involved at Euro 2016.

“I’ve heard it said that Wales can’t lose whatever happens, but that’s not the way we are looking at it,” the manager said. “We see this as another big test, a huge challenge in a line of challenges that we have already met. The pressure is on us to keep performing, and that’s what we want to do, because you have to put this down as the biggest game our country has been involved in, which is a great place to be.

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Johnny Manziel given four-game NFL ban over substance abuse violation

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:17
  • Former first-round pick is currently without a team
  • Heisman winner also facing trial over assault case

Johnny Manziel’s hopes of reviving his pro football career have hit another stumbling block after the NFL handed down a four-game suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The news was first reported by TMZ.

Last week, Manziel’s father described his son as a “druggie” – the former Browns quarterback also entered rehab in 2015 for an undisclosed problem. He is currently without a team and the suspension, along with an impending case over an alleged assault on his girlfriend, make it unlikely he will return to the NFL in the near future. If a team does decide to take a risk on Manziel before the start of the new season, he would be unavailable until week five – and even then the suspension could be extended depending on the outcome of the assault case.

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World No27 Viktor Troicki aims volley of abuse at 'horrible' Wimbledon umpire

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:16

The Serb demanded the ball that his opponent aced him with be examined, shortly before losing his match

Serbian tennis player Viktor Troicki unleashed a furious tirade at an umpire as the world No27 crashed out of Wimbledon.

Troicki, 30, screamed when Italian umpire Damiano Torella awarded an ace to his opponent, Spaniard Albert Ramos-Viñolas. He then snatched the ball from the ball boy’s hands and confronted the umpire, demanded that Torella “look at it”.

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Derby-winning trainer Dermot Weld’s horse fails post-race drugs test

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:15
• Trainer considering appeal after being hit with fine
• Stable vet insists runner was given no medication

Dermot Weld, the trainer of the Derby winner Harzand, said on Thursday that he will consider an appeal against a €1,000 fine imposed by the Irish Turf Club’s referrals committee after one of his horses failed a post-race drug test.

Related: Harzand wins Derby after Dermot Weld makes late call to run the colt

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Lewis Hamilton says likely penalties make catching Nico Rosberg difficult

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:07
• Hamilton set to receive grid penalties after multiple engine changes
• Mercedes’ Toto Wolf: ‘The likelihood of getting a penalty is high’

Lewis Hamilton has admitted that he is going to face an uphill battle to win this year’s Formula One world championship. He acknowledged in Austria that the penalties he expects to incur from having to change engine components later in the season will make the task of catching and overhauling his Mercedes team-mate, Nico Rosberg, an increasingly difficult task. The British driver has taken a fifth power unit for this weekend’s race at the Red Bull Ring, the last free replacement before grid penalties are imposed.

Related: Daniel Ricciardo rules out Ferrari move and commits F1 future to Red Bull

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Nicola Adams heads up Team GB’s boxing squad for Rio Olympics

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:03
• Adams won gold at flyweight in London 2012
• Britain has largest Olympic boxing squad for 32 years

The Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams will headline Britain’s largest Olympic boxing squad in 32 years at the Rio Games. Britain, the third-most successful country in Olympic boxing, will have a 12-strong squad in Brazil, with 10 men and two women.

Related: Nicola Adams targets full gold-medal set before doubling up in Rio

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Ministry of the Presidency official Shariff sent on leave pending SOCU investigation

Stabroek - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:02
Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of the Presidency (MOTP), Omar Shariff has been sent on leave by Minister of State, Joseph Harmon, a release from MOTP said today.

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Kyle Eastmond checks out of Bath and heads for Sale Sharks

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:01
• England centre changes plan after Mike Ford’s sacking
• Bath still looking to complete backroom staff for next season

Kyle Eastmond has left Bath and is expected to complete a move to Sale Sharks.

The England back is understood to have moved on after the club opted not to trigger a two-year contract extension that was agreed in January.

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Claude Puel’s appointment can help to soothe Southampton’s supporters

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 14:00
A club used to losing its best players is now home to a French manager with a record of bringing players through such as Thierry Henry and David Trezeguet

As the man responsible for handing a 16-year-old Thierry Henry his first taste of senior football and a former child prodigy himself, Claude Puel’s appointment as Southampton’s manager on Thursday should give the club’s fans plenty of reasons for feeling relieved.

Related: Southampton appoint Frenchman Claude Puel as manager

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Wimbledon 2016: Andy Murray thrashes Lu in second round

BBC Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:53
Britain's Andy Murray thrashes Taiwanese world-number 76 Yen-Hsun Lu to reach the third round of Wimbledon 2016.

Andy Murray reaches Wimbledon third round with win over Lu Yen-hsun

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:42
• Murray wins 6-3, 6-2, 6-1 against Taiwanese opponent
• Scot has not dropped a set in his first two matches

The foundations of Andy Murray’s renewed partnership with Ivan Lendl look to be settling down like steel rods on a building site, and both of them will be delighted with his second quick win of the week.

After losing the first two games, Murray allowed Taiwan’s 32-year-old Lu Yen‑hsun just four more over an hour and 40 minutes – two minutes longer than it took him to send Liam Broady home on Tuesday.

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Jan Vertonghen: Ankle injury rules Belgium & Tottenham defender out for eight weeks

BBC Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:40
Jan Vertonghen is ruled out Belgium's Euro 2016 campaign and is likely to miss the start of Tottenham's season with an ankle injury.

Adam Kirby issues optimistic Eclipse Stakes bulletin on My Dream Boat

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:33
• Jockey insists that Royal Ascot win on colt was no fluke
• Drying ground results in Time Test shortening in betting

Adam Kirby, who will ride My Dream Boat in the Eclipse Stakes at Sandown Park on Saturday, said on Thursday that there was “definitely no fluke” about the four-year-old’s 16-1 success in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot earlier this month, and he remains in “tip-top shape” ahead of his meeting with The Gurkha this weekend.

Related: My Dream Boat shock winner of Prince of Wales’s Stakes at Royal Ascot

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Royal Troon expected to pass vote on allowing women members

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:30
• Ballot to take place on Friday in advance of Open Championship
• Muirfield’s removal from Open rota may have focused minds

An end to the Open Championship being staged at clubs with men-only membership policies is expected to move a step closer when Royal Troon votes on allowing women members on Friday.

A comprehensive review of policy was announced in January 2015 and was initially not due to be resolved until the “back end” of 2016, several months after the Ayrshire course stages the Open on 14-17 July.

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Poland v Portugal: Euro 2016 quarter-final – live!

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:30

9.13pm BST

Hello. You have to go back to 1982 to recall the last time Poland went as far in a major competition as they have done here. They finished third in the World Cup in Spain with a group of players spearheaded by Zbigniew Boniek that are largely considered to be Poland’s golden generation. Adam Nawalka’s current squad has some very talented players in it too but the team’s strength comes from a steely spine and an incredible worth ethic. They have already progressed further than many thought possible and a victory against Portugal tonight would put this team in Poland’s history books, right up there alongside the class of 82. The nation is fizzing with excitement. If only they could have done this four years ago when they were co-hosts. Ah well. The manager, Nawalka, has done a quite magnificent job. And to think, his appointment was greeted with a shrug of the shoulders.

Related: How Poland players overcame adversity to shake up Euro 2016 | Nick Ames

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Tour de France: Mark Cavendish unsure if Olympic training will hurt chances

BBC Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:10
Mark Cavendish admits he does not know how his training for the track at Rio 2016 will affect his Tour de France hopes.

Triocki loses cool in McEnroe-style meltdown

BBC Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:05
Serbia's Viktor Troicki loses his cool with the umpire after the official overrules a line call to give his Spanish opponent a match point that he then takes to win.

Wimbledon 2016: Andy Murray beats Yen-Hsun Lu to reach round three

BBC Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 13:00
Britain's Andy Murray beats the in-form Yen-Hsun Lu in straight sets to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

Froome's route to glory? Tour de France stage-by-stage guide

BBC Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:58
Stressful stages and dangerous descents - Chris Froome's team-mate Geraint Thomas takes us through the 21 stages of this year's Tour de France.

Heather Watson hits out at internet trolls after Wimbledon defeat

Guardian Sport - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:57

British No 2 says logging on to Twitter like a form of self-punishment after crashing out in first round

Heather Watson, the British No 2 tennis player, has hit out at internet trolls for not being “brave enough” to confront her in person, following the targeting of Wimbledon competitors online.

Watson, 24, was subjected to a barrage of insults and criticism when she lost a gruelling three-set match against Annika Beck in the longest women’s contest of the tournament so far.

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